Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 6

The Bribe

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Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1994 on HBO
8.3
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A fire inspector gets more than he bargained for when a slimy owner of strip club he's about to shut down offers him a bribe he can not refuse.

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  • This isn't one of the best episodes but sure belongs to better ones.

    7.0
    This episode is maybe little different than most of classic episodes - isn't too bombastic but is still good enough. I was pleasantly surprised when I was found in this two stars of present days: Terry O'Quinn (Mr.Locke from very popular Lost series) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Snatch, 21 grams, Sin City). Crypt Keeper is also very good here.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hailey: Why Mr. Dankert, you really do love me.
      Bill: Do I love you? I don't know. Do I love you? Of course I do. Get in the car, legs.

    • Ciola: Don't tell me about what's right! I bust my balls for 20 years, and for what? The Solomon Building, 1974. Collapsed stairway breaks both my arms. Second-degree burns over 30% of my body. Durk Chemical, the LA riots. My lungs get permanently seared by the toxic fumes because nobody warned us. Nobody knew shit, and for that, I end up wearing this...THING...for the rest of my life! Now you tell me what that's worth. Tell me what I should've charged for the pain. And you've paid your dues too, so take the money!

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as Uncle Sam.]
      The Crypt Keeper : [Cryptkeeper begins in Richard Nixon impersonation] My fellow Americans, I'm running for office because I think the political process needs a little stiff competition. It needs new bleedership! It needs someone like me in The Fright House! [voice returns to normal] But, you may ask, aren't there a few skeletons in your closet? Sure there are. And a vampire or two, and a werewolf. What of it? At least I'm not like the man in tonight's terror tale. He's a fire inspector who's about to learn the difference between rot and wrong. I call it "The Bribe".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as Uncle Sam.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Poor Zeller. Tries to give his kid a shot, and it winds up going to his head. Which is better...than if it went to his pocketbook! (begins banging fist on table) Because government needs to do more and ghost less! We have to make horrid choices and back them up with spending guts! We should demand that...[squishing sound, Cryptkeeper realizes his hand is cut off] ew....Now that's what I call a stump speech! [laughs]

  • NOTES (3)

    • Some fans believe the strip club aspect of this episode makes the story similar to the film Hardcore (1979), which was about a man looking for his daughter in the porn industry. The casting of Hal Williams, who had a supporting role in Hardcore, reinforces this notion, although, it could be all just a coincedence.

    • Cast Connection: Benicio del Toro and director Ramón Menéndez previuosly worked together on the film Money for Nothing (1993).

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #7, Feb-Mar 1953. Script by Al Feldstein with art by Wally Wood.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Uncle Sam

      In this episode, during the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as Uncle Sam.

    • L.A. Riots

      A series of violent clashes between the LAPD and the citizenry of Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney King. The riots would last six days and result in 53 deaths.

      In this episode, Ciola says, "Durk Chemical, the LA riots. My lungs get permanently seared by the toxic fumes because nobody warned us. Nobody knew sh*t, and for that, I end up wearing this...THING...for the rest of my life"!

    • Richard Nixon

      The 37th President of the United States. He would become both famous for diplomatic work with China and Russia and infamous for his involvement in the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of himself and most of his cabinet. He died of a stroke in 1994.

      In this episode, during the wraparound segments, when The Crypt Keeper is running for office, his voice initially sounds like an impersonation of the distinct style of President Richard Nixon. This is further seen when he pauses at one point and imitates Nixon's famous peace sign pose.

    • Bic Lighters

      A popular brand of butane lighter. The company that manufactures it was originally founded in France in 1945 and sold mechanical pencils and fountain pens. Currently, while the company still derives revenue from those fields, it makes the majority of its business from its disposable lighters.

      The insect-fearing pyromaniac Zeller hires to "exterminate" the Naked Experience is named Bic.

      Note: Although the character was originally credited as "Vic" on this site, it does sound like Zeller is saying "Bic", and that being such a brilliant pun, the name can go either way. The subtitles on the season six DVD boxset list the character as "Bic", but Will change if we get more info on the character's name.

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